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Freight groups press Biden Administration on AV policy

From Transport Topics.

Freight stakeholders are calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to proceed with implementing a regulatory framework for autonomous vehicle technology.

The groups, which include American Trucking Associations, point to potential economic and safety benefits linked to nationwide access to the technology’s applications.

“Implementing a federal [automated vehicles] framework that fosters the safe deployment of AVs can help the Biden administration to shepherd in a safer, more environmentally friendly and accessible transportation future,” the groups wrote the department in September.

“As the AV industry moves from research and development to deployment, we urge the department to use its authority to foster a pathway for near-term AV deployment. Providing for the widest range of deployment options in the near term will also help the department gather key data on the performance of AVs to inform permanent safety standards that are both practicable and effective,” the groups continued.

In reaching out to the administration, ATA was joined by:

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Consumer Technology Association
  • Partnership for Transportation Innovation and Opportunity
  • Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets
  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Highway Users Alliance
  • Automotive Service Association
  • Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association
  • National Association of Manufacturers
  • Intelligent Transportation Society of America

See the complete article online at Transport Topics.